Today's news -- December 19, 2013

 

 

 

High schools earn more A’s, but grading system remains a puzzle

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/high-schools-earn-more-as-but-floridas-grading-system-remains-a-puzzle/2157583

http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=35744102

http://touch.orlandosentinel.com/#section/2941/article/p2p-78599232/

http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20131219/POLITICSPOLICY08/312190050?source=nletter-top5

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/local-education/nearly-three-quarters-of-countys-high-schools-earn/ncNwR/

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/highered/fl-pb-high-school-grades-20131218,0,1123281.story

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/highered/fl-b-high-school-grades-20131218,0,5322187.story

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20131219/NEWS13/312190021?source=nletter-top5

http://www.pnj.com/article/20131218/NEWS01/131218008/State-high-school-A-s-are-up-local-scores-stay-level

http://www.newsherald.com/news/government/the-report-card-on-local-schools-shows-improvement-1.251399

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20131218/ARTICLES/131219633/1002/news01?Title=Gainesville-Newberry-Santa-Fe-earn-A-grades

http://members.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-12-18/story/northeast-florida-does-well-2013-high-school-grades

http://www.theledger.com/article/20131218/NEWS/131219209/1072/YOURTOWN15?Title=Polk-High-Schools-Get-C-Grade-or-Above

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2013/dec/18/number-rated-high-schools-doubles-collier-county/

http://www.news-press.com/article/20131219/NEWS0104/312190043/Southwest-Florida-schools-make-grade-master-state-exams

 

Hearing on Orange teacher raise impasse begins this morning (Diana Moore pictured)
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/blogs/school-zone/os--orange-teacher-raise-impasse-hearing-20131218,0,2962338.post

 

Arbitrator: Reinstate Clay teacher fired in inoperable stun gun case (Renna Lee Paiva quoted)

http://members.jacksonville.com/news/2013-12-18/story/arbitrator-reinstate-clay-teacher-fired-inoperable-stun-gun-case

 

Hillsborough schools beat other urban districts in test scores

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/hillsborough-schools-beat-other-urban-districts-in-test-scores/2157701

 

Hillsborough approves armed guards for elementary schools

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/hillsborough-school-board-approves-armed-guards-for-elementary-schools/2157655

http://tbo.com/Newsletters/BreakingNews/hillsborough-school-board-approves-armed-officers-at-schools-20131218/

 

Brevard schools making you richer

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20131219/COLUMNISTS0207/312190024

 

Marion GOP leader goes after history textbook as “propagating” Islam

http://www.ocala.com/article/20131218/ARTICLES/131219671/1402/NEWS?Title=Local-GOP-leader-goes-after-history-textbook-as-propagating-Islam

 

MacDill charter will appeal to the state

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/macdill-charter-school-group-will-appeal-to-the-state/2157703

 

Leaders of teachers union, business group join to support Common Core standards (Randi Weingarten quoted)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/teacher-business-leader-join-forces-to-support-common-core/2013/12/18/524f3ed4-6821-11e3-8b5b-a77187b716a3_story.html

 

Common Core: a bonanza for vendors

http://dianeravitch.net/2013/12/19/common-core-a-bonanza-for-vendors/

 

The New York Times editorializes on teachers and PISA, with multiple errors

http://dianeravitch.net/2013/12/18/the-new-york-times-editorializes-on-teachers-and-pisa-with-multiple-errors/

 

Is American culture to blame for struggling schools?

http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/is-american-culture-to-blame-for-failing-schools/

 

New Mexico chief pushes invalid teacher evaluation method

http://dianeravitch.net/2013/12/18/new-mexico-chief-pushes-invalid-teacher-evaluation-method/

 

Pittsburgh school board drops contract with Teach for America

http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/5278549-74/board-teach-america#axzz2nujQYWlX

 

Support efforts to rein in for-profit colleges

http://ourfuture.org/20131218/support-efforts-to-rein-in-for-profit-colleges

 

Florida lawmakers say they destroyed documents during redistricting process http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/florida-lawmakers-say-they-destroyed-redistricting-documents/2157636

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/blogs/political-pulse/os-oops-lawmakers-destroyed-redistricting-records-20131218,0,4630250.post

http://www.postonpolitics.com/2013/12/republican-leaders-acknowledge-some-redistricting-records-destroyed/

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FL_FLORIDA_REDISTRICTING_FLOL-?SITE=FLTAM&SECTION=STATE&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-12-18-19-45-21

 

75,000 Floridians could lose unemployment benefits December 28 http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/36376-1

 

Problems with Scott's unemployment site worse than reported

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2013/12/problems-with-rick-scotts-unemployment-site-worse-than-reported.html

 

Obamacare success stories showing up in South Florida

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/12/18/obamacare-success-stories-showing-up-in-s-florida/

 

Scott moves further away from Medicaid expansion

http://fcir.org/2013/12/18/rick-scott-moves-further-away-from-medicaid-expansion-in-florida/

 

Federal program's funding flows to small businesses

http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=35744876

 

News team busts private prison group in “rent-a-cow” scheme

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/news-team-busts-private-prison-group-in-rent-a-cow-scheme

 

Anti-bullying measure filed

http://www.theledger.com/article/20131218/NEWS/131219166/1003/news01?Title=Anti-Bullying-Measure-Filed

 

Study links BP oil spill to dolphin deaths

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/18/bp-oil-spill-dolphin-deaths-gulf-of-mexico

 

Progressive organization doles out failing grades to Scott

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/progressive-organization-gives-failing-grades-to-rick-scott/2157622

http://www.postonpolitics.com/2013/12/democrats-mock-scott-with-end-of-year-report-card-mostly-fs/

http://members.jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/matt-dixon/2013-12-18/dem-backed-group-gives-scott-fs-uses-special-interest-0

 

Senate passes bipartisan budget agreement

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senate-poised-to-pass-bipartisan-budget-agreement/2013/12/18/54fd3a1a-6807-11e3-a0b9-249bbb34602c_story.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/us/politics/senate-64-36-sends-two-year-budget-to-obama.html

 

Economists wake up to income inequality’s damage

http://ourfuture.org/20131218/a-duh-moment-economists-wake-up-to-income-inequalitys-damage

 

Congress’s drag on the economy

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-congresss-drag-on-the-economy/2013/12/18/5f54c4ae-6840-11e3-ae56-22de072140a2_story.html

 

For all of their whining, you’d never guess GOP is responsible for most of the debt

http://pleasecutthecrap.com/for-all-of-their-whining-youd-never-guess-gop-is-responsible-for-most-of-the-debt/

 

Is the safety net just masking tape?

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/opinion/edsall-is-the-safety-net-just-masking-tape.html

 

“Data brokers” are collecting and selling some very private information about you

http://www.thewire.com/national/2013/12/data-brokers-are-collecting-and-selling-some-very-private-information-about-you/356315/

 

Obama review panel: Strip NSA of power to collect phone data records

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/us/politics/report-on-nsa-surveillance-tactics.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/18/nsa-bulk-collection-phone-date-obama-review-panel

 

Businesses again challenge union poster rules

http://www.theledger.com/article/20131218/APW/1312180750

 

 

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